Rick and Morty Season 2 Episode 3 “Auto-Erotic Assimilation” Recap

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Rick, Morty, and Summer are flying along together in the spaceship. In season one, Summer only escorted Rick and/or Morty on a few sporadic occasions, but it appears she’ll be coming along on more adventures moving forward.

The jovial time is interrupted by a distress signal, which excites Rick because wrecked spaceships contain dead aliens and free stuff…or a horrendous ambush, but he’s willing to roll the dice with his grandkids lives, highlighting that particular dynamic between Rick and the family that carries through the seasons.

At the crash site, Rick starts drawing graffiti on the ship as a red herring to distract the racist cops into thinking another alien race is responsible. Rick, Summer, and Morty each show complex levels of morality and ethics due to their differing exposure and perspectives on death, interdimensional, time, and space travel.

Rick and Morty Season 2 Episode 3 Unity Graffiti

Upon meeting survivors, Rick and the kids are informed some being is taking everyone over. Rick points out two of them are likely already taken over, and those two immediately attack the remaining survivors, vomiting in their mouths, and assimilating them. Just as Rick cocks his gun, the hivemind greets him, and he recognizes her as Unity, his ex-girlfriend.

Rick and Morty Season 2 Episode 3 Beth Jerry Garage Hatch

Though episode 2 saw Jerry and Beth following an intentionally lame subplot involving a running gag about Beth’s insecurity (and Jerry’s negative attitude) about being a vet instead of a human surgeon, their arc in episode 3 is pure gold.

Jerry finally grows a pair and searches through the garage, finding a secret hatch, all the while rubbing in Beth’s face how much her father puts everyone in danger. Jerry is through bumbling and finally takes a stand, which appears to be a first out of any dimension, and makes the Beth and Jerry scenes almost watchable, especially when paired with Rick banging an entire planet.

Rick and Morty Season 2 Episode 3 Unity Rick Lovemaking

Unity explains to Rick she assimilated the entire race of people and brought world peace to the planet. This intrigues Rick, and the spark of their old flame inspires Rick and Unity to begin a long and increasingly complicated love affair while Unity’s other assimilations take care of the kids.

Summer is unimpressed by the enslavement of an entire race of people and questions everything while Morty enjoys the view and hamburgers. Summer gets increasingly agitated about the hivemind enslavement and starts trying to wake up the real people, despite being warned how terrible they were before assimilation.

Rick and Morty Season 2 Episode 3 Unity Summer Upset

Beth and Jerry enter the secret garage hatch to find an underground lair with an imprisoned alien. This enrages Jerry, who continues rubbing it in Beth’s face, using a variety of colorful street slang.

The alien escapes and takes the two hostage, explaining he can speak English and gives them both a stern lecture viewers have been wanting to yell at their TV’s and monitors since the start of the show.

Rick and Morty Season 2 Episode 3 Alien Captive Basement

 

The discussion between Rick and Unity reveals a softer side of Rick. He also points out how he returned to his family, though Unity’s reaction implies Rick may have ulterior motives.

Unity’s hivemind partner arrives and appears to be a Borg-inspired nerd stuck in the friend zone while Rick rubs in his face how much sex he’s going to continue having with Unity. Unity then gets trashed with Rick, and the intoxication begins to undo her hold on the planet’s inhabitants.

Rick and Morty Season 2 Episode 3 Hivemind Love TriRickle

Rick and Unity continue pushing each other’s boundaries and getting crazier and crazier. At one point, Unity destroys an entire city, making Rick suddenly worry about everyone’s safety, especially his grandkids.

Freedom doesn’t work out like Summer though, and a race war quickly breaks out between the pointy nippled and flat nippled. Summer tries calming everyone down, but the race war quickly takes over the city. At the last minute, as Summer and Morty are clicking their heels for a Wizard of Oz to help them, A special forces Unity-controlled air assault team drops in to rescue the kids.

It turns out everyone was sex offenders, violent, racist, and all sorts of bad things. Rick’s relationship with Unity begins to undo the whole planet, and both Summer and Morty want to leave. Unable to convince Rick of the bad influence he’s having, the kids come home alone.

Rick and Morty Season 2 Episode 3 Unity Race War

The alien finally escapes the garage hatch into the garage and leaves after the door slowly closes. Meanwhile a conversation between Rick and Unity makes Unity realize the kids were right about their relationship being toxic.

Rick and Morty Season 2 Episode 3 Alien Escape Garage

When Rick returns from the bathroom, the entire planet is empty and filled with a trail of Dear John letters. Rick walks the longest walk of shame on any planet, stopping to read the notes and slowly realizing he’s been dumped again.

This is among the most powerful scenes in Rick and Morty, rivaled only by Morty burying himself and the realization that the evil Rick was controlled by his Morty, who disappeared back into the crowd of Morty’s.

Rick and Morty Season 2 Episode 3 Rick Walk of Shame

Returning home, Jerry has Beth talk to Rick about his secret hatch and alien prisoner escaping, and him being their in the first place. Jerry understands Beth is the only person he’ll listen to, and they appear to be functioning well as a team. Rick immediately agrees, as he’s too heartbroken to argue.

Rick and Morty Season 2 Episode 3 Rick Heartbroken

Rick returns to his garage and absentmindedly plays with his experiments, pulling a stone alien out, unfreezing and relaxing him before disintegrating him, doing the same to what’s presumably the alien (or aliens) being held prisoner in his body.

In these end scenes, we gain a sense of what drives Rick, and why he’s always so short-fused. Rick isn’t the only three-dimensional character built in this episode, and all interfamily relationships are explored much more deeply than in the previous season. Rick and Morty’s second season looks to be an instant classic.

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15 thoughts on “Rick and Morty Season 2 Episode 3 “Auto-Erotic Assimilation” Recap

  • August 4 at 8:11 am
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    The messages on the planet isn’t the most telling scene in the episode. Once Rick gets to the garage, pay very CLOSE attention to what he’s doing. Can’t believe you missed it.

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    • August 4 at 2:11 pm
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      Seriously! It was disturbing to know that another… What’s the word… human wouldn’t know what that was representing.

      Do you know where that little alien came from? Has it just been there for a bunch of episodes? I just don’t remember it.

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    • August 4 at 2:11 pm
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      I saw what he did, but didn’t mention it because I wasn’t entirely positive what he was doing or what the little alien statue thingie was called. Looked like an eternal sunshine of the spotless mind kinda thing

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      • August 4 at 7:08 pm
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        He unfreezes a small alien … attempts to comfort it… puts a light-bulb in a machine, and places the alien between the two coils. The machine charges (you can follow the sequence of lights on the desk-lamp thing), then the alien is DESTROYED whilst the light-bulb explodes. Then he replaces the light-bulb with a new one, and puts HIS HEAD where the alien used to be. Fortunately, (or unfortunately, as he might have seen it at the time), he passes out before the machine finished charging, before his ‘experiment’ is complete. The amount of small details placed in such a scene is staggering.

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        • August 4 at 7:39 pm
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          He drank the unfreezing solution he gave the alien too… He was doing what Beth told him to do, but only finished half the job. He woke something up inside him (a la Anatomy Park) to kill it, but passed out before he could finish, probably thinking he did.

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          • August 4 at 9:53 pm
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            Dude, he wasn’t killing an alien imprisoned in his body… he pointed the ray at himself…
            Have you ever been through a hard breakup?

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            • August 4 at 10:05 pm
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              I’ve been through plenty of tough breakups, but never any that tough the second time round…

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  • August 4 at 3:35 pm
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    I’m trying to find out if it was in a previous episode, or maybe it’s from a time travel episode later this season. But one things for sure, Rick was allowed no more alien prisoners. So he got rid of it

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    • August 4 at 3:40 pm
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      haha, OMG, you just made it click in my head…he killed the alien he was holding hostage in his body…

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      • December 26 at 8:21 pm
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        No he didn’t. He passed out before the ray really hit him. I saw this and thought nothing of it, but now I’m thinking about it.

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  • August 7 at 4:18 pm
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    Does no one else get that he was trying to kill himself wubba lubba dub dub

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    • August 7 at 7:20 pm
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      He’s clearly trying to kill himself, but when writing the recap, I couldn’t decide whether or not to include that. Suicide’s a tough subject to deal with, and the only reason he failed was because he passed out. It suddenly became very clear to me I’m about to publish information about something that hasn’t aired yet, and I wasn’t sure if it’d make it past the network censors. Despite all the drugs, murder and nudity, that suicide attempt is powerful, and suits do strange things in the entertainment business when they think we can’t handle a concept.

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  • August 11 at 12:32 am
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    This is one of a couple R&M episodes that really show the depth of the show. The creature that Rick thaws out is damaged, malformed, and in terrible pain – the second it becomes animate it starts bawling. Rick comforts it and then ends the pain, but can’t quite manage to do the same to himself. Somehow, Rick is just as tortured and damaged as the thing he vaporizes. What an outstanding show.

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    • August 11 at 1:27 am
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      It’s funny how there are so many universes and every possibility happens, and yet I care so much about what happens to this particular timeline we’re watching – the rickest Rick and mortiest Morty.

      I think this show is better than Community, because what made Community so lovable was how cartoony it was for a live action show, but this cartoon has more depth than most live-action on TV.

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    • August 11 at 1:31 am
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      And keep in mind that he likely either was the reason the thing was suffering or was only fixing it for a selfish reason, much like the alien in the basement.

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